Hinoemata Kabuki play: an amazing local tradition, May 12, 2016 (桧枝岐歌舞伎 2016年5月12日)

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(Hinoemata Kabuki play, Hinoemata Stage, May 12, 2016. 檜枝岐歌舞伎 檜枝岐の舞台 2016/5/12)
This is a scene from Hinoemata Kabuki play on May 12, 2016 at a traditional Hinoemata Stage. Hinoemata Kabuki play started some 270 years ago in Edo Period. The play has been performed at Hinoemata Stage which is as old as the play. The stage had been burnt down at a big fire in the village and was rebuilt more than 100 years ago and now it is designated as a National Important Cultural Asset.

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Photos above show Hinoemata Stage as of today just before the opening of the play, and a board describing its history.

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Photo above shows a schedule of Hinoemata Kabuki play of this year. It says two other plays are scheduled in August 18th and September 3rd. Most of the plays including today's are admitted free. All the actors are non-professional, which means they all have their own works other than a kabuki actor. But the play was attractive and satisfactory enough for visitors from across Japan.

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Some other scenes of today's play are shown above. The story is about a sad story of a samurai family about 400 years ago.

You can get a short sound and footage of the play on YouTube above.

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Photo above shows all the actors appeared on the play.

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Hinoemata Village and all the residents support the traditional kabuki play. Photo shows Hinoemata Village Mayor Hoshi makes a speech in a break.

The exact route from Aizutajima Station and location are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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